Movie Games Are Back!

And it might be a good thing

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Official Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order promotional/marketing screenshot, www.ea.com
Official Jedi Fallen Order Trailer

STAR WARS JEDI: FALLEN ORDER

Fallen Order sounds like a mess on paper. It’s a pile of design decisions culled from other popular video games. It’s equal parts Tomb Raider 2013, Metroid, and Dark Souls.

Official Terminator: Resistance announcement trailer

TERMINATOR: RESISTANCE

I didn’t even know this game existed until the day after it launched on Steam. It had a simultaneous PC and Console release worldwide, but the console versions were delayed into December in the US.

Official Jumanji Game Trailer

JUMANJI THE VIDEO GAME

Jumanji The Video Game is a…third person co-op arena shooter and platformer.

Official Scrat’s Nutty Adventure Launch Trailer

ICE AGE: SCRAT’S NUTTY ADVENTURE

Would you believe me if I told you that the studio behind the solid Oddworld remasters made a competent platformer based on the Ice Age movies?

Official trailer for Zombieland Double Tap Road Trip

ZOMBIELAND DOUBLE TAP: ROAD TRIP

This sure does look like a cheap downloadable twin stick shooter that had a movie name slapped on it, and got a $40 retail release. Maybe…maybe this isn’t the best example to put on my list here. Okay, forget I said anything.

Official Avengers overview trailer. It’s already better to play than Iron Man 2, and you can’t even play it yet!

MARVEL’S AVENGERS

I know Avengers isn’t out till next year, and I know that it’s taking inspiration both from the MCU and from the comics, but this one has a big shot at joining the list of the all-time great licensed games.

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Photo by Christian Wiediger on Unsplash

FINAL THOUGHTS

I don’t know if this period of movie game releases is simply the result of smaller budgets being greenlit as studios move on to next-gen development, but I hope that some of these sell well enough to show the industry that licensed movie games can still be fun.

I do radio voice work by day, and write by day and night. I studied film and production. I love audio, design, and music. Also video games.

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